An interesting stat from Sports Illustrated's 2012 NFL preview issue: In 2011, Brady attempted just 89 passesâ€”out of 611â€”against opposing team's base defenses. That's less than 15%. By contrast, Drew Brees attempted over 200 passes against base defenses. (He had 657 attempts, so roughly 1/3 of them were against base defenses.) Not sure what to make of it, but certainly interesting.